Pritchard paces Stars to romp in Sydney Cox Invitational

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OKLAHOMA CITY – With three individuals placing in the top 10, Oklahoma City University rolled to a 16-shot victory in the inaugural Sydney Cox Invitational title Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course. Lauryn Pritchard paced the Stars by tying for the individual lead through 36 holes. OCU, ranked sixth in NAIA women’s golf, rolled past a field which included three other ranked teams.

Pritchard, a sophomore from Allen, Texas, nailed birdies on the 16th and 18th holes to force a playoff with Jessica Williams of Embry-Riddle (Ariz.). Pritchard shot 70-68–138, while Williams had a 68-70–138 through two rounds.

Williams won the playoff by shooting par through four holes. Pritchard made a bogey on the fourth playoff hole. The two golfers staged their playoff on the 10th and 18th holes at Lincoln Park. Williams ended the playoff on No. 18.

Oklahoma City forged a 292-287–579 on the par-72, 6,005-yard course. The Stars have two wins in four tournaments this season. Eighth-ranked Embry-Riddle finished second, while Bellevue (Neb.) came in third. Fourth-rated Cumberlands (Ky.) picked up fourth, and No. 10 Texas Wesleyan was fifth.

Melissa Eldredge posted a third-place 70-72–142. Eldredge, a senior from Eufaula, downed six birdies over the two days. Natalie Gough produced a 77-72–149 to tie for eighth place. Gough, a sophomore from Bixby, drained four birdies.

Clair Hill of OCU finished with a 76-75–151 to tie for 12th. Hill, a junior from Gig Harbor, Wash., knocked in four birdies. Lauren Behnken, a sophomore from Tulsa, Okla., turned in a 76-78–154.

The Stars’ second team finished sixth with a 328-300–628. McKenzie McCoy, a junior from Beggs, shot 79-74–153 to tie for 15th.

Rachel Eckert and Adeline Norton tied for 25th. Eckert, a sophomore from Bixby, carded an 82-75–157, and Norton, a freshman from Plainview, shot 84-73–157.

Blayne Barker, a freshman from Durant, shot 83-80–163, while Arianna Medina, a junior from Phoenix, added an 88-78–166.

The Stars finish the fall season this weekend in the Battle at the Beach at Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

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